Without a victory since the 2009 Masters, Angel Cabrera had slid from 18th in the world to 90th. Now, after the Greenbrier Classic, the Argentine is a winner once more.
“I wanted it. I needed to win a tournament,” Cabrera said afterwards. “I felt under control today out there, and I didn't want to let it get away from me.”
The turning point in Angel Cabrera's final round came at the 13th. Left in between clubs with 180 plus yards to the flag, Cabrera smashed an eight iron. It pitched short of the hole before rolling in for eagle, leaving a three shot gap between him and the chasing pack.
"I was arguing with my caddie." - Angel Cabrera
“I was in between yards. It was actually at 182 yards. It was between the 7 and 8‑iron and I was arguing with my caddie, and I said, ‘I'm just going to hit a hard 8‑iron’.”
The Argentine would need the three shot cushion, however, as he made consecutive bogeys on the next two holes. He recovered at the 17th, birding the par-5 after an excellent two putt from 40-feet. He closed out with a par for a round of 64, eventually winning by two shots ahead of George McNeill.
Angel Cabrera’s win is nothing major
The win at Greenbrier is Angel Cabrera’s third win on the PGA Tour. Surprisingly, his only other two victories have come at major championships – the 2007 US Open and the 2009 Masters – and now he feels he’s found his form again.
“After the 2009 Masters victory, I haven't been too consistent,” Cabrera said “But I've been working very hard of late to get back to where I think I should be.”
Angel Cabrera ready for the Open
“I've been confident with my golf swing, and I feel confident mentally,” said the Argentine. “I'm just going to go over there and play, and it's a very important tournament and it's a different tournament, but I'm going to go play.”